Saudi mining giant Ma’aden has issued a Notice of Award to Australia’s Worley and Morocco-based JESA International (JESA) 1 to provide engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) services for its Phosphate 3 Phase 1 Project.

The parties expect to work towards a definitive agreement for the in-Kingdom and out-of-Kingdom EPCM contracts in the next few months, Worley said in a statement.

Under the EPCM contracts, Worley will provide in-Kingdom services and JESA will provide out-of-Kingdom services, for the design and construction of new process plants in the industrial cities of Wa’ad Al Shamal and Ras Al-Khair in Saudi Arabia, the statement said, adding that the plants are part of an integrated greenfield complex that is expected to produce up to 1.5 million metric tonnes per year of phosphate fertilisers, once operational.

The services will be executed by JESA’s offices in Morocco and Worley’s offices in Saudi Arabia and India.

“We are pleased that Worley has been selected for providing services to Ma’aden’s Phosphate 3 development program that is expected to make Saudi Arabia one of the leading phosphate fertiliser exporters worldwide,” said Chris Ashton, Chief Executive Officer of Worley.

The statement didn’t disclose the contract value.

Last month, Maaden had announced that it had awarded an EPCM contract worth $278mln for Phase 1 of Phosphate 3 complex.

(Writing by Anoop Menon; Editing by Bhaskar Raj)